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Taking the ‘Dis’ Out of Disability

Taking the ‘Dis’ Out of Disability

I should have known better than choosing the black pants and white blouse. I should not have chosen to sit with my friends for my own social fulfillment. It felt like a mom fail moment right from the start. Usually I would have chosen a bright green outfit for these events; an outfit that can be easily spotted in a…

Heroic Parenting

Heroic Parenting

A hero, by definition, is someone known for accomplishing a brave or noble act. “Heroes are born every day. Some heroes are genetically predisposed to greatness, I suppose, blessed with a rich family history of bravery and selflessness. Others are ripped out of their regular lives and thrown into heroic duties in a matter of seconds, revealing their true character…

Just the Six of Us

Just the Six of Us

We were trading “you guys” for “y’all”. Mountains for beaches. Long winters for humid summers. Familiarity for the unknown. We would either love it, or move back in a year. According to our parents “You and Patrick can go anywhere, but the grandkids stay!” Colorado is no longer ‘home’ for us. The day the moving truck drove away with all…

Launched Across the World

Launched Across the World

Venezuela. Czech Republic. Peru. Mexico. Canada. Japan. Several of the United States. And those are only the ones I’ve been told about. People have sent me pictures of themselves reading my book, Over My Shoulder, from all over the world. And, I’m thankful for the opportunity to be packed in a suitcase and flown to places I’ve never been before.…

Regular Teenage Heroism

Regular Teenage Heroism

“I saw a spirit of heroism rise up from what appeared to be regular teenagers in the Columbine library, students who helped each other escape with little to no thought about their own personal safety.” –Over My Shoulder, Chapter 5 People were escaping for freedom, and I was lying critically injured in a pool of blood, somehow still breathing after…